There was some strong demand for used farm machinery at the bi-monthly plant and agricultural machinery collective auction at Shrewsbury Auction Centre. Over 1,000 lots of agricultural machinery were on sale with fierce demand from bidders from across the UK and Ireland. The top price of the auction was £15,500 for a New Holland TS110 tractor. In the tractors section there was much demand with £9,950 being paid for a JCB 526 Loadall, £5,800 for a Case 3240, £4,500 for a 2wd Massey Ferguson 230, £4,400 for a Sanderson 726 4wd loader and £2,900 for a 2wd Massey Ferguson parts: 590.
In the plant section a JCB 3CX Sitemaster made £9,400 while a JCB 410 loading shovel went for were £3,500, a Bobcat skidsteer loader for £1,900 and a Bearcut woodchipper went for £1,800. In trailors a particularly large entry of Ivor Williams trailers with a 14ft triple axle TA510 stock trailer going for £2,700 being the top price of the day in this section. Other sales to note in the trailers section included £2,600 for a horsebox, £1,600 for an Ivor Williams LM126 flatbed trailer and £1,100 for a 28ft livestock container on a double axle trailer.
Also of note in the auction were muck spreaders which went in the region of 1500 pounds with a West 1600 dual spreader machinery parts fetching £1,600 and a Marshall 11593 making £1,400. Other leading prices for machinery in the aucion included £6,000 for a Kuhn disc drill, £1,750 for a beet cleaner and £1,500 for a Lely rotor centipede and £1,200 for a Dowdswell DP8 plough.
Overall it was a good result with demand, according to Halls auction co-ordinator Matt Williams, for “Genuine machinery straight from the farm was particularly sought after and buyers seemed happy to do minor restoration work.”